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Google India aims to bring 50 million women online

NEW DELHI: With women comprising just 30 per cent of the online population in India, Internet giant Google today said it aims to help 50 million women in the country go digital in a year.

“India has over 200 million Internet users and the number is growing. India is on its way to become the second largest Internet market overtaking US. But, only one-third or about 60 million of the online users are women,” Google India MD Rajan Anandan told reporters here.

Internet can play a very important role in empowering women in India and help them to transform their lives, he added.

“Internet can help women achieve self esteem, express their views freely, open up new opportunities and help them to gain education. Our new campaign aims to bring 50 million women online in the next one year so that they can reap the benefits too,” Anandan said.

According to industry estimates, the number of Internet users in the country is expected to touch 280 million in the next one year.

Google India has partnered HUL, Axis Bank and Intel as part of the campaign.

“Along with our partners, we will create awareness about the benefits of Internet for women, educate them to use Internet to improve their lives and enable easy access points across the country,” Anandan said.

Google has designed a website ‘www.hwgo.com’, which will host content covering the basics of Internet and content relevant for women in Hindi and English.

The company has also started a toll free helpline number ‘1800 41 999 77’ to help women get answers for their Internet-related queries.

What’s in it for partners?

The company has currently partnered with brands like Shaadi.com, Johnson & Johnson, Healthkart, babyoye, among others for this campaign. Interested brands can apply on the website to become partners. Partners can either support by training women, providing access points or helping spread awareness about the campaign. Interestingly, the information section features articles from partner websites.

It is a well-thought out move to provide information on different topics of interest since first time Internet users are more likely to consume information than do anything else on the Internet. Essentially, this also means that partner websites will get more visibility over other providers of similar services on the Internet. This could be good exposure and branding exercise for the partners.

What’s in for Google? Bringing 50 million additional women users online would also mean that Google, like traditional media, is trying to target the most sought out user segment by advertisers. With more women users online, Google’s ad revenue is likely to increase considerably. Once more women come online, advertisers are also likely to benefit from the targeting options and analytics that Google offers. Traditional media only offers exposure to women audiences, however does not provide in-depth analytics like Google.

Simultaneously, to cater to the growing Internet users, Google has also been encouraging businesses to come online through its different initiatives like its product listing ads initiative launched in March 2013, Google Business Photos program that was extended to India in February 2013, ‘Lets Talk Mo initiative to create mobile sites for businesses, Great Online Shopping Festival that happened in December 2012, free websites for SMEs, among others. Google seems to be working to create the demand and the supply to fulfill the demand.

Source: ET and and Media NAMA

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Chalk it up to a learning experience: too much debt, even in a low interest rate environment, can be costly.

Cengage Learning, a private equity-backed education company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday as part of an effort to shrink its $5.8 billion debt load. The company, based in Stamford, Conn., also said that it had entered into a restructuring agreement with lenders who hold $2 billion of its first-lien debt. The restructuring will eliminate more than $4 billion in debt from the company’s balance sheet.

“The decisive actions we are taking today will reduce our debt and improve our capital structure to support our long-term business strategy of transitioning from traditional print models to digital educational and research materials,” Michael Hansen, Cengage Learning’s chief executive, said in a statement.

Cengage was originally Thomson Learning, part of the Thomson media conglomerate of Canada, which sold it for about $7.75 billion in 2007 when the company was preparing to merge with Reuters. The buyers were Apax Partners and Omers Capital Partners — a private equity unit of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board pension fund.

As Cengage, the company acquired the college publishing division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing for $750 million. In 2011, Cengage acquired National Geographic’s digital and print school publishing unit for an undisclosed price.

Cengage said that it planned to make timely payment to vendors for goods and services during its Chapter 11 restructuring and that employees would continue to receive their usual pay and health and welfare benefits. In the filing in the United States bankruptcy court in Brooklyn, the company said it had more than $1 billion in assets.

Cengage’s legal adviser is Kirkland & Ellis, its restructuring adviser is Alvarez & Marsal, and its financial adviser is Lazard.

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Problem
I recently delivered the pilot on responsive design It was a big challenge for my Project Manager for making/convincing my client on how without using/buying various devices we tested their products on different resolution’s which was full proof.

Result
My client was surprised and delighted and we bagged the project

    Solution

Go to the Responsivator website and enter the url of the website. Check the hide header option. This will generate you a url, I tried this http://dfcb.github.io/Responsivator/?site=a360.cyberchimps.net%2F%3Fpage_id%3D4

If you’d like to customize the screen sizes, click the customize button in Responsivator and adjust the frames settings

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Chennai-based siblings Shravan and Sanjay, joint founders of Go Dimensions – a company that creates gaming and learning software for mobile phones – will address 120 business management students, including those from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad and Kozhikode), today.

The talk is part of a lecture series to be delivered by the CEOs and business tycoons for Wedvaan, the annual three-day festival organised by Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research at their campus in Matunga.The audience comprising students in their early 20s is impressionable and ambitious. The two speakers, Shravan and Sanjay, are aged 13 and 10 respectively, and like any other boys, spend half their day in school learning math and English and history.Shravan, the president of his firm, is a Std VIII student while Sanjay, the chief executive officer, studies in Std VI. Their company is a year-and-amonth-old, and has launched five applications that are available for free download at the Apple Store, and encouraged by the response, is launching the paid applications this year.

The boys, who missed school on Friday to make it for the fest, say stagefear has never been a problem. “We spoke at IIM-Bangalore last year, so it isn’t an issue to address students who are twice our age,” says Shravan.The boys are accompanied by their parents who say life hasn’t changed much since they started their company in January 2012. “They have a routine when they return from school. They play for an hour and then get on to complete the programming for their business projects,” says the lads’ father, Kumaran Surendran, himself a director of a software company.Sanjay, the CEO, cheekily adds, “Our friends in the school also play some of the games we have developed but they don’t fully understand what we do.”The boys say their started off with an idea two years ago, which they bounced off their dad, and things started to roll. In a couple of years, they picked up the nuances of programming, and launched their firm which required very little capital.Kaustubh Dhargalkar, a professor at the Welingkar Institute, says the boys’ understanding of market dynamics was “astounding”. Says Dhargalkar, “I first met them when we shared a stage at a TED event in Pune last year. I was amazed at their understanding of the market. They were able to identify an opportunity and monetise their business. We could learn from their experience.”Akshay Bahadur, 23, a first-year student of the PG diploma in management course, plans to specialise in marketing next year. While he admits he is looking forward to the lecture by Kunwar Sachdev, founder and managing director of SUKAM, he is equally curious to learn more about the boys. “Mr Sachdev runs a Rs 3,000-crore empire that he started from scratch and worked on for 10 years. At the same time, I think these kids who know their business so well is worth a listen,” says Akshay.Age isn’t a factor, says Neha Bhandari, another first year student who claims she doesn’t mind the fact that the speakers will be ten years younger than her. “They are being looked at as prodigies. In the business world, only numbers speak and you have to be humble enough to listen to those who have achieved something. We also have a talk by two dabba wallahs who will explain how their celebrated distribution system works,” says Neha.

Leadership Tour 2013, Mumbai

Tuesday, February 12 2013 Technology makes this a magical time to be a student. And a powerful time to be an educator. The Apple Leadership Tour is an opportunity to experience how you can transform learning with innovative new tools for creating, curating, and deploying content.

Please join us for this special event for Education Leaders committed to integrating the best in learning practices with the best in learning technology. Keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking will give participants a deeper understanding of how mobile technology and digital content are transforming education.An iPad with dedicated educational digital content will be provided for each delegate throughout the day. The hands-on breakout sessions led by successful educators will allow each delegate to experience some of the thousands of education Apps as well as Multi-Touch digital books and many other interactive learning materials.See how iPad transforms teaching and learning at all levels. View case studies here

Agenda

9:00Registration
10:00Opening & WelcomeManish Goyal, Apple
10:10″Learning with Apple”Alan Bennett, Apple
10:50Interactive iPad DemoPetr Mara, Apple Distinguished Educator
11.20Hands-on WorkshopsPetr Mara, Apple Distinguished Educator
12:40Networking Lunch
13:50Hands-on WorkshopsVamshi Krishna, Apple Distinguished Educator
14:30Break
14:45Guest SpeakerAbdul Chohan, Director, Essa Academy
15:45CloseManish Goyal, Apple
16:00Departure

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Pearson buys a small stake in Nook Media, wants a fast track for digital education

http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/28/pearson-buys-a-small-stake-in-nook-media/

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Learning about…crowd sourced learning. take those near Google Campus London please take this opportunity …

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On Thursday 13 December 2012, we’ll be gathering together at Google Campus London for the first time with users of mylearningworx to learn all about…crowd sourced learning! This might sound daft but whilst taking an online course is one thing, when it comes to making a course, we understand that the ‘crowd’ might not even know where to start.

Take a course. Make a course. Change the world.
You might not have created any kind of online content before. You might even not be technologically minded. But we believe everyone has a course in them. So here’s how we’re going to help you get started on making your course, whatever your area of interest, and earn some money out of your existing skills and knowledge. By the end of the day you’ll achieve level one of the mylearningworx expert status, meaning you are ready to rock and roll, and get…

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Skillsoft Selected as Best of Elearning! 2012 Award Winner

http://www.skillsoft.com/about/press_room/press_releases/October_31_12_ELCE.asp

Investment opportunities in Africa.

A trip through the obstacle course.

“When the music changes, so does the dance.” – African proverb

The time has come to capitalise on investment opportunities in Africa. But how does one do this in view of several stumbling blocks?

In our previous article “The easiest way to participate in Africa’s exponential growth”, we discussed the pressure that is being placed on the people, processes and technology available to businesses that intend to participate in Africa’s development. Our answer to the people issues, process issues, technology constraints and fragmented service offerings of these organisations was to tap into integrated capabilities across these areas, and this still holds true.

Sudden changes in an often volatile environment can easily turn a perfectly legal operation into an illegal one, overnight.

Subsequently, we wish to share a collection of significant challenges that we have encountered, as well as valuable lessons learnt, during our time spent in a number of African countries.

Courtesy Source : Deloitte SA